‘Air Force’ Ellis sees Ginebra teammate Japeth Aguilar as biggest threat to slam dunk crown

Joshua Lopez, New5 · Friday, March 21, 2014 · 11:50 am
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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel forward Chris Ellis is gearing up to defend his slam dunk title in the PBA All-Star Weekend at Mall of Asia Arena against a tough field.

Gunning for “Air Force” Ellis’ crown will be his teammate Japeth Aguilar, Justin Melton of San Mig Coffee, Cliff Hodge and Rey Guevarra of Meralco, Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer, and Calvin Abueva of Alaska.

Ellis flew away with the championship last year, but promises this year’s showcase to be even better.

“I’m always looking to expand my dunk arsenal, but I’ve always got something in my pocket, up my sleeve,” said Ellis, who expects a tougher challenge in the contest this year.

“Since it’s in MOA in Manila, the amount of competition, you got to bring everything out. It should be an exciting slam dunk competition.”

Curiously, Ellis sees his Gin Kings teammate Japeth Aguilar as the toughest challenger to his crown.

“The obvious answer would be Japeth, Japeth is so athletic, he just tries things and he’s able to do it because he’s so athletic,” said Ellis, who has had limited opportunities to try out dunks in practice.

“It’s kinda hard because I don’t want Japeth to see what I’m gonna do, and Japeth does the same thing.”

For now, Ellis has been doing his work away from the Ginebra practice floor.

“Most of it, I’m just at home at the weight room, just try to work on things, just working on mechanics,” said Ellis, who draws inspiration from the greatest dunkers in the NBA.

“I try to keep it basic, a la Michael Jordan, Dr. J-type of things. But ah, you guys will see,” he said.

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/air-force-ellis-sees-ginebra-teammate-japeth-aguilar-as-biggest-threat-to-slam-dunk-crown

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